The Many Uses of Recordable Photo AlbumsBy Cormier, Carolann, MS, CCC-SLP, ATP; ConnSENSE Bulletin, Vol. 3, No. 3
Publication Date: August 2001
Article discusses the uses of recordable photo albums in the classroom, and as alternative and augmentative communication devices, scheduling tools, and job aids. Two photo albums are discussed: (1) the StepPad, from Attainment, and (2) the Talking Photo Album from Brookstone. The albums can be used to place pictures in a story, so both can be used for younger individuals as well as adults living in group homes who enjoy reading activities. Either album can be adapted with stories for older adults by using sports magazines and newspapers, as key pictures can be cut out and text can be adapted to different reading and interest levels. The albums can allow a child to record a story in the albums, which could be motivating for individuals who have difficulty with the writing process. The albums could also be used for a scheduling system for people with cognitive disabilities, or as a simple voice output communication device, with one message listed on each page. The sequence of steps in jobs can be programmed for individuals who need pictures, picture communication symbols, or actual photographs of the sequence.
Published by: ConnSENSE (Connecticut's Special Education Network for Software Evaluation) (Website:http://www.connsensebulletin.com)
NEAT (New England Assistive Technology) Marketplace (Web Site: http://www.neatmarketplace.org )
A.J. Pappanikou Center for Developmental Disabilities (Web Site: http://www.uconnucedd.org )
Connecticut Tech Act Project (Web Site: http://www.cttechact.com )
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